William Bird

My Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather

The Southwark neighbourhood (London, England) where the Birds lived. The parkette is the approximate former site of their Miniver/Martin Street addresses.

William Bird was the father of Annie Bird, my paternal grandfather's birth mother (week #3). He was born in 1853 in Bethnal Green, England. I have not located his birth certificate so do not know his mother's name; according to his marriage certificate, his father was Richard Bird.

On February 6, 1876 William married Elizabeth Kendall in Southwark, London.  They had eleven children together, three of whom predeceased them.  William worked for the Borough throughout his adult life as a "Dustman" or "Carman".  A dustman was a street cleaner and a carman was a driver of horse-drawn vehicles for transporting goods. Carmen were often employed by railway companies for local deliveries and collections of goods and parcels, such as a modern day van driver.  Sometimes someone who drove horse-drawn trams was called a carman.

William can be tracked in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 British Census. The family lived on Martin St., which later became known as Miniver St. in Southwark for decades as evidenced in the census records. 

William died at the age of 56; his death certificate states: Jan 30, 1909 William Bird; occupation carman; died at 38 Miniver Street, Southwark; subdistrict St George the Martyr West, London. A Coroner's inquest was held on Feb 1st 1909 in Southwark; cause of death: Apoplexy due to ruptured vessel in the brain; Natural.

 

Coroner's Report on William Bird's death, 1909

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Karen | Reply 29.08.2016 18.46

John. Can you email me at grannykba@gmail.com - then we can connect directly. ..

john crome | Reply 16.08.2016 11.58

Hi Karen, if you are interested, please visit my facebook page
regards john crome.

john Crome | Reply 16.08.2016 10.36

Unfortunately Karen, I cannot offer any photo's but, I may have a small snapshot taken of me outside No 35, when I was about 3. If I can find it.

John Crome | Reply 16.08.2016 09.49

Dear Karen,
My Grandparents lived at 38 Miniver Street, on the top floor. This was from @1916 up to @ 1960.
I was born at No 35 in 1949.

Karen 16.08.2016 10.03

Dear John. That's very interesting. Do you have any photos? I know it's gone now as I tried to find it when I visited London.

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Yesterday | 15:28

Hi Karen, If you are still maintaining this page, please drop me a line. William and Mary were my great, great, grandparents. Best Regards,
Peter

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29.08 | 18:46

John. Can you email me at grannykba@gmail.com - then we can connect directly. ..

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16.08 | 11:58

Hi Karen, if you are interested, please visit my facebook page
regards john crome.

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16.08 | 10:36

Unfortunately Karen, I cannot offer any photo's but, I may have a small snapshot taken of me outside No 35, when I was about 3. If I can find it.

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